Pets and protein: placing domestic livestock on hobby-farms in England andWales

Authors
Citation
L. Holloway, Pets and protein: placing domestic livestock on hobby-farms in England andWales, J RURAL ST, 17(3), 2001, pp. 293-307
Citations number
63
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
EnvirnmentalStudies Geografy & Development
Journal title
JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES
ISSN journal
0743-0167 → ACNP
Volume
17
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
293 - 307
Database
ISI
SICI code
0743-0167(200107)17:3<293:PAPPDL>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
The place of animals in human geography is currently the subject of conside rable discussion, focusing on the spatial variation of human-animal relatio ns, and on the ways in which categories such as 'human', 'animal', 'wild' a nd 'domestic' are produced. In this paper I begin to consider some of the e thical dimensions of human-animal relations in livestock farming, using the notion of 'situated morality' (Lynn, Ethics Place Environ. I (1998b) 223-2 42) to examine hobby-farming as a particular set of social and agricultural practices in which farm animals are encountered as simultaneously 'friends ' and sources of food. The paper considers how the socially constructed cat egories of 'livestock' and 'pet' become blurred in this marginal form of ag ricultural production. The paper draws on evidence from field research with hobby-farmers in England and Wales, and on textual material, to demonstrat e the ethical ambiguity of human-animal relations on hobby-farms. The paper shows how such relations are associated with specific discourses, practice s and places, and demonstrates the importance of spatiality and embodiment in understanding situated moralities. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All ri ghts reserved.